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Guide to Summer Reading Programs, Free Events

Guide to Summer Reading Programs, Free Events
Nothing says welcome summer to me more than the BolderBoulder 10K which I ran/walked yesterday. The Memorial presentation is amazing with flyovers and parachute jumpers. It is a wonderful way to kick off summer and spend a day outside (if not for the fact that I realized how out of shape I am – not really ready for summer yet). You, however, can get ready for summer with these awesome summer reading programs and other great deals. 

Library Summer Reading Programs

Denver Public Library launches its Summer of Reading program on June 1. Register at any Denver public library and any child, from infants to high schoolers, may participate for FREE.  Voracious readers will be rewarded with prizes that include Chipotle coupons, day pass to Elitch Gardens, and  age-appropriate books. As a reward for finishing the program, kids will be netered to win tickets to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science or a Denver Outlaws lacrosse game. Kids can sign up through July 29 and redeem prizes through August 12. 
Boulder Public Library will help to “Build A Better World” for their summer reading program at the Boulder Public Library. Starting May 31, kids can register to participate at any Boulder Public Library location or sign up online and pick up your reading log or teen card deck the next time you’re at your local library. Three levels of prizes will be awarded at sign-up, half-way and completion of either activities. Cool reading incentives include coupons to Lakeside Amusement Park, hand-crank flashlights, coupons for Rio Nachos, Cold Stone Creamery and the Colorado Rapids and books. All prizes must be collected by July 31.
Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 1 and runs through July 31. Everyone gets a gift just by registering for the Jefferson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, and readers will re rewarded for the half-way make and for when they cross the finish line. Awesome freebies include tickets to Lakeside Amuseument Park and Elitch Gardens, coupons for meals from Chipotle and books. You can register online or at your local library branch.
Arapahoe Public Library.  Giddy up and head on over to Arapahoe Libraries‘ cowboy-themed FREE summer reading program from Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, July 30. Those who complete their reading record will receive rewards including a book, stickers, collectible pins, and coupons from local businesses. There are also perks for grownups who will be entered in a drawing for even more prizes. June 3 to 9, mosey on down to pick-up your reading record and on June 3, there will be cowboy entertainers, panning for gold and a bounce house at Smoky Hill Library, You can register for Summer Reading here.

Non-Library Summer Reading Programs

Barnes and Noble summer reading program. Looking for more summer reading programs that will score your kids some freebies? Barnes and Noble’s summer reading program gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. In the reading log, your child will need to record the title and author, along with their favorite part of eight books to get their free book. Bring the completed and signed reading journal into your local Barnes and Noble book store between May 16, 2017, and September 5, 2017. Present it to an employee and they will let your child choose a book from the free book list.
Chuck E. Cheese. Even the man, the mouse, the legend is getting in on the summer reading fun!  Kids can earn 10 free Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. As a bonus: this reading program is year-round. 
Scholastic Summer Reading Program. Are you ready to take a reading adventure this summer? Get started with Scholastic May 8-September 8, 2017! Kids read and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read this summer. They’ll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards like Klutz books.

Sync Summer Reading Program. Summer reading isn’t just for little kids. Sync has a summer reading program just for teens that will get them two free audio books each week this summer. Each week there will be a current young adult book as well as a classic title that teens will be able to download for free through the OverDrive app through August 16.

Sylvan’s Book Adventure. Reading is an adventure of the mind so it’s only appropriate that Sylvan’s reading program, Book Adventure, encourages children to read books and then take online quizzes over the books to earn points. These points can then be redeemed for prizes like books, magazine subscriptions, tattoos, candy, CD’s, and games.

Other great deals include:

9th Annual Safe Summer Kickoff. Free food and entertainment? Sign us up!  The Southwest Denver Coalition, the Department of Public Safety’s Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) and Denver Public Safety Youth Programs will host the 9th Annual Safe Summer Kickoff at Kepner Legacy School on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about community and government services at this FREE family-friendly event while enjoying free food, live entertainment, prize drawings and a variety of activities such as face painting and games. The event is also an opportunity to connect youth with alternative activities during the summer to keep them busy and safe. 

AmazonFresh. While I normally write about deals. I will say that sometimes there is a much bigger deal in saving time. Amazon fresh does just that. If you have an AmazonPrime account you can now add AmazonFresh for $14.99/month and have fresh items like groceries delievered to your door.  fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy. You can also get pet supplies, baby items, beauty products, meal kits, and foods made exclusively for AmazonFresh.
Parker Days. The fun in downtown Parker includes shows, parade, carnival and a headlining concert with Brett Michaels ($35) on Friday and country band, Midland on Saturday (FREE). The food, fun and music is June 9-11 in downtown Parker. For more information visit
People’s Fair. The annual People’s Fair will be at Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a schedule packed full of FREE entertainment — two dozen bands, dance troupes, children’s activities and countless vendors of food and arts and crafts.
JeffCo Fair & Festival. The fun event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds will be back again this August. Fun concerts all weekend, 4-H exhibits, rodeo (hello cowboys!), tons of special events and vendors. This is one you don’t want to miss! Get your tickets now. For more information visit:
BaskinRobbins. Mark your calendars for the 31st. in 1953 BaskinRobbins introduced the concept of 31 flavors of ice cream every day – but now they really celebrate when a month has a 31st day – by offering scoops for just $1.50 on that day. We have one this Wednesday!
Macaroni Grill. For one day only (today – Tuesday, May 30) Macaroni Grill is offering 30% off. Yum!
Lice&Easy.  Lice & Easy is offering a $10 pre-registration camp head check certification (A $25 value) for the month of June. Must mention this offer. We also have 10% off all our prevention products and have several trail size products that are perfect for camp.
Garbanzo. Last year, falafel fans from all over the country requested new falafel flavors. Now, it’s time to taste their genius. Get 20 bonus V.I.B. Rewards points when you try the delicious NEW Red Curry Falafel from May 29th through June 4th. Plus, remember to swing by during the week of International Falafel Day (June 12th-16th) for free falafel, with the purchase of an entrée, all week long!
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Author: Gretchen

Gretchen loves to be outdoors! She is addicted to coupons and finding the best deals or entering sweepstakes (one day she will win something really great!)

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